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07 October 2008 @ 11:58 am
It's My Monday again...  
The weekend's over, and I got bought at Sweet Charity by three lovely ladies-- jasmasson and tsuki_no_bara for the fics, and jeyhawk for the beta services. I've got my marching orders from Jas already, and I'm curious to see what Cindy's going to want me to write. :D

Saturday, we watched Christopher's soccer team lose their 6th game, but it was the best they've played this season. There was a small disaster early on (I commented that our assist to the OTHER team was the best we'd had all year), but things picked up. The lack of passing (and being in position) has been killing our offense this year. It's like Kindergarten bunch-ball all over again. Christopher is playing really well, though, and he scored his first goal in years (last year, he played mostly defense). This was a 4-3 loss, which definitely beats the 4-1, 3-0, 5-0 losses.

One thing I dislike about this level of play is the "offsides" rulings. I understand, say, penalizing a team whose backfield players cross the center line. They're out of their zone. But I don't get this thing of "your player got between the last defensive player and the goal." WTF? If the other team's defenders lag behind, well, too bad. That shouldn't be your team's problem. In basketball, they call that a fast-break play and it's beautiful! Grrr...

Christopher discovered a new Pokemon character this weekend. Can you guess what it is?


"Shaymin"-- the Pokemon hedgie!

The funny thing is, despite the flower, Christopher assumes this creature is male. Almost all of his stuffed toys are 'male'-- they're Daddies with babies. It's the sign of a new age! Lauren, OTOH, still thinks Piglet is female and probably also Tweety-bird (Hey, if you've ever heard Tweety's cartoon voice, you wouldn't think that for long).

We re-watched Iron Man this weekend. The scenes with the robots are still some of my favorites: "If you douse me one more time when I'm not actually on fire, I'm donating you to a community college." I also love Jarvis arguing with Tony about the suit parameters: "What WAS I thinking? You're usually so discreet."

People who know my love of slash will not be surprised that I like the Tony/Rhodey idea very much. In the movie, I very much like Tony with Pepper as well, but for fiction I don't want to read about it. That's often the case for me.

BTW, weeks ago we saw Ghost Town, and loved it. It's almost a 1940s-flavored comedy, and not at all what I expected. For instance, Greg Kinnear is not the male lead. The character who is... let's just say, his incredible lack of social skills is like a train-wreck in progress (on repeat!), and it never stops being gloriously awful. ;)

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The Huntress: Hotel Californiahuntress69 on October 7th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
As long as the kids are having fun, it doesn't matter whether they lose or not. (Of course that is an adult talking LOL). I am going to get Iron Man this week-end, I so wanna watch it again. And I am not even going to hazard a guess on the Pokemon. I am afraid.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on October 7th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
As long as the kids are having fun, it doesn't matter whether they lose or not.
The problem here is that, because they're mostly all 9, they know and care that they're losing! Again and again and again! Our primary offensive player is ready to tear his hair out, because he's a one-man-band out there most of the time and he can't figure out why the other players aren't helping him.

I am going to get Iron Man this week-end, I so wanna watch it again.
It's funny, the rewatch was the same as the first time for me. The early Tony Stark and his womanizing and irresponsibility really get my back up, the scenes with Yinsen in the cave make me love Yinsen even more, and the robot scenes just crack me up. Plus, ive love the failed first suit attempt-- up/reverse/smack-into-the-concrete/whump/fire-extinguisher-whoosh (adding insult to injury). :D

And I am not even going to hazard a guess on the Pokemon. I am afraid.
Heh-- I suddenly realized I forgot to put its name up there. *goes to edit* The point was, given that Christopher loves hedgehogs, that he finally found a Pokemon hedgie! About time!
The Huntresshuntress69 on October 7th, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Beth played soccer for about a year when she was 7. I asked her then if she wanted to do it some more and she told me, "No, because they take it too seriously. It's only a game." The kid who is ready to tear his hair out, do you think he's a prime candidate for a future ulcer?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 7th, 2008 08:12 pm (UTC)
Based on my nephew and other kids I've seen like this... he's a prime candidate to still be playing sports in high school.

That Type A programmed-to-win personality is usually hardwired.

My brother told me once that his son was SO Type A about these things that he was 11-12 before having his team lose would not trash the entire day for him and everyone in his vicinity. No amount of talking and trying to put things in perspective would get him out of that way of thinking-- he just had to grow up a little. :0
cindy: spn - dean's :D face (by dev_earl)tsuki_no_bara on October 7th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
it looks like a hawaiian hedge! a happy hawaiian hedge! it's cute. :D

>>and I'm curious to see what Cindy's going to want me to write.<<

er. a lot? i made my donation and filled out the little "comments for your tart" field and i may or may not have gone overboard. and i'm not entirely sure it actually sent.... anyway. i asked for drabbles. and possibly a hedge. *ahem* i feel i should mention that i'm really flexible and if i asked for anything you won't or just don't want to write, let me know and i'll think of something else. i don't want to stress you out or anything!

i love tony's robots. they all have personalities! and my love for jarvis has nothing to do with the fact that he's voiced by paul bettany, not at all.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on October 7th, 2008 08:16 pm (UTC)
I got your email via Sweet Charity, and I think I'm pretty clear on it (going to have to map it out to get all the details in). Ideally, you'd like a set of connected drabbles spanning that whole time period with attention to the particular details, right? I can definitely do that. :D

i love tony's robots. they all have personalities!
I do too-- and I love the fact that they're not perfect. The one he calls "Butterfingers" he initially tells, "Okay, and you're not helping at all, so just back away" and he complains about a mess it left (or didn't clean up) on his table. And "Dummy"-- the pathetic little robot who can't wait to blast Tony with the fire extinguisher-- it's so wonderfully single-minded and dim! \o/

And Jarvis... oh, the sarcasm. Gotta love a sarcastic robot.

Of course, I can count this all as "research" toward potentially writing another Tony/Rhodey story. That's my real excuse. And not in any way ogling Robert Downey Jr. in a tank-top. :0
cindy: spn - dean's :D face (by dev_earl)tsuki_no_bara on October 7th, 2008 08:33 pm (UTC)
yeah, that's pretty much it. go nuts. :D

i think the one with the fire extinguisher is my favorite one. tony gets mad at it like it can understand him, and it does! i want to rent that now and watch it again.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 7th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
i think the one with the fire extinguisher is my favorite one. tony gets mad at it like it can understand him, and it does!

I love that after the spectacularly bad "first attempt" of the launchers, where he flips up and crashes into the wall and then slams to the ground, the robot blasts him. As if that moment wasn't already enough! And then Tony has to tell it to stop following him around with the fire extinguisher, because it makes him feel as if he's going to spontaneously burst into flames. ;)

Really, it's clear that robot really likes using the fire extinguisher far too much!

It's less cute, of course, when it happens to you. For instance, the fact that my DVR machine gains time is both mystifying and kind of irritating!
jeyhawkjeyhawk on October 7th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC)
I have donated so now you're all mine. Muahahahaha! But, yeah, I don't have a fic in mind at the moment. :0P (I'm gonna have a hard time keeping it short.)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on October 7th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
(I'm gonna have a hard time keeping it short.)
Yes-- I've seen how you get!

Though it could be a good challenge, especially for a story where less 'plot' detail is necessary. Mood and sex-- whoo hoo! The plot is merely atmosphere. ;)
Princess Robot Bubblegum!: north pole Debsastrothsknot on October 7th, 2008 10:19 pm (UTC)
It's the Offside Rule. Don't diss the Beautiful Game. NEVER diss the Beautiful Game.

Joking aside, the offside rule causes much confusion here as well, particularly when trying to explain it to non-football fans. But it is important that kids learn the rules right from the off, no matter how confusing they are or alien they are when compared to more sensible sports.

Maybe football's not the sport for Christopher. Maybe he should be playing cricket. *runs and hides*

That Pokemon is sweeeeeet

Edited at 2008-10-07 10:22 pm (UTC)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2008 12:04 am (UTC)
Maybe football's not the sport for Christopher. Maybe he should be playing cricket. *runs and hides*

Yark! Cricket's dreadful-- similar to American baseball.

Christopher REALLY loves American football, which he won't be playing anytime soon. Too rough at this age. He's good at soccer (excellent defender) and enjoys it. We _really_ wish he loved basketball as much as he does football-- both his parents love basketball, and he's got the capability for it.

Really, so long as he doesn't rathole down baseball, I'm good. I cannot stand watching it (though it's better at these younger ages, where there are more mistakes. The more perfect the game, the duller it is to watch).

That Pokemon is sweeeeeet
It's so happy! In one Pokemon universe, this is its only form. In the "platinum" universe (whatever that means), there's a winged pony version that I don't understand at all. How does a hedgehog become a pony? Especially when stubby little legs and round little neckless body are the hallmarks of being a hedgehog?
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on October 8th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
Cricket's incomprehensible. I swear they must have been on crack when they invented it.

I can't understand how American sports take so long to play. They go on for hours. (they are shown over here in the middle of the night) I'm used to 90mins, 30 mins extra time then penalties. All the other sports I watch are way shorter than that - not counting Tris.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on October 8th, 2008 01:25 am (UTC)
I can't understand how American sports take so long to play. They go on for hours.
Some of this, seriously, is for commercial breaks in broadcasting. We do have timeouts in football and basketball, for the coaches (they have a limited number). But there are also "media timeouts" (i.e., time to show a bunch of commercials! For 2-4 minutes!), halftimes (god, in football halftime can be half an hour).

It definitely drags out-- watch a football game on TV, and you could be there for almost 3 hours. :0
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on October 8th, 2008 06:45 am (UTC)
I remember something like that when the US had the world cup and they wanted to make all sorts of changes, like quarters in stead of halftime and bigger goals.

FIFA telt them whur tae go!

Here everything in the schedule moves for football. No adds till hallftime.